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joanne_m27 07-24-2007 12:41 PM

Ant infestation!
 
Hundreds of ants have infested our house! I'm not sure where they're coming from but i think somehow they are managing to seep through the brickwork as they have started to appear throughout small holes in the walls at the top of our landing as well as under the lino flooring in our kitchen. What could i use to kill them?

skymaster 07-24-2007 04:20 PM

Call Exterminator now. Explain "holes in the wall"????? Ya mean they have tunneled thru the drywall and come into the house this way? That is bad if true.
CALL
JackM

ocoee 07-25-2007 09:37 AM

Ants are easy to kill, you just have to destroy the nest

What kind of ants are they
Small or large?
What color?
What are there trailing habits?

Don't call the pros just yet they are usually over rated

MinConst 07-25-2007 08:10 PM

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Originally Posted by ocoee (Post 54469)
Don't call the pros just yet they are usually over rated

Depends on where you live. We moved to Florida last year and without a "Pro" we would still have ants. I did everything I could before calling in a professional. Since then we have had none. Might be different in other places but here you need a bug guy.

ocoee 07-26-2007 07:30 AM

I live near you

joeyboy 07-26-2007 04:46 PM

uhh, damnit! :censored:

I live in central FL and was just about to start a thread on this.

We moved into this place ~ 2 or 3 months ago. Had a little bit of an ant issue. Put 'grants ant killer' stakes all over the place, outside and inside. I used 30 stakes so far (these are stakes that have food + arsenic, so the ants bring the arsenic trioxide back to their colony and it kills them all).

At first, it was working fine, until maybe 5 days ago.

We had no ants, the stakes were great, then one day there was a line of ants connecting my cat's food bowl to the office wall. They were just walking there and back, half one way, half the other.

Found the hole they were getting into the block house through and sealed with expanding great stuff foam. Put 3 grants stakes outside near the hole. Put 7 (7!) stakes in the office all around their path and their entry point at the wall. This worked for about a day or two, now they're back again.



Is there really nothing short of calling in exterminators? What sprays are they using that I can't get at home depot?

steve771 07-26-2007 04:52 PM

I've had good luck with Demon WP (Wettable Powder) for roaches, and it's listed for ants as well. Do a google for it... it's relatively inexpensive and pretty easy to apply.

slakker 07-26-2007 06:21 PM

I've used baited Diatomaceous Earth quite sucessfully with ants...

MinConst 07-26-2007 08:34 PM

Who knows what the heii they use. It works and its the best money spent. I personally don't like trying all these chemicals not knowing what I'm doing. Thee are kids, pets around that it might effect.
The bug guys need to me a living too so why not give them the job they know best. It really isn't that expensive when you consider all you go through trying to do what they do in a day. Since we have Joe we don't have ants. They did just what joeyboy described and it's called trails.

redline 07-26-2007 08:47 PM

Remove any food/water source and they will not have a reason to stay around.

joeyboy 07-26-2007 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by redline (Post 54727)
Remove any food/water source and they will not have a reason to stay around.

i don't think my cat would like me removing his water/food bowls very much....


BTW, is redline referring to cars, or the energy pills? Either way, right on! :thumbsup:

redline 07-26-2007 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by joeyboy (Post 54729)
i don't think my cat would like me removing his water/food bowls very much....


BTW, is redline referring to cars, or the energy pills? Either way, right on! :thumbsup:


Found this on the web -not sure if it works.....


Get some Boraxo powdered soap and some corn syrup. Heat the corn syrup, do not let it boil, then mix in the boraxo! They will eat the stuff and take it back to the queen. It will kill them. Mix about 1/2cup syrup with 1/2 table spoons of Boraxo. Pour some of it, a dime size will do, on some paper and place it where they are at.


(redline=porsche 911 turbo)

ocoee 07-26-2007 10:17 PM

Rules of ant treatment


The only way to cure the problem is to kill the nest.

If you see dead ants, the bait ain't working

If they take the bait for a few days and you see a reduction in ants and then you see a resurgence, you just created bait shy ants

Baiting is generally the least effective way to treat ants, it's just usually the most convenient

Hot rainy season is ant in the house season

And rulele one identify the pest ant

Kill the queen and many species will simply elect a new queen
Kill too many foragers and the colony will sense danger and split or bud
Every time they bud they feel the need to bring the new colony up to full capacity before budding again

Different species of ant act and forage different ways, there is no catch all treatment that so many people want to
Many ants, Argentine, Crazy, Big Headed and Carpenter generally don't respond well to baits
Ghost ants may or may not
Fire ants and Pharoahs usually do

But the best method is still find and destroy the nest

Oh and the bugman probably will misidentify the ant also because he is too busy to check the chart or simply does not know how

elementx440 07-27-2007 01:27 AM

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Originally Posted by joeyboy (Post 54689)

What sprays are they using that I can't get at home depot?

BIFEN I/T aka TALSTAR, you can get it on ebay. that's what some pros use. kills just about any bug that moves... seems to have worked for me, no more ants (carpentar)

redline 07-27-2007 07:15 AM

I have heard people pouring hot boiling water into the nest to kill them but I have not used this so do not know how effective it is.


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